Walk and Read

February 13, 2010 at 3:37 am | Posted in Book Blather | 2 Comments

Yesterday I went on a long walk, and I decided to listen to an audio book on the way.  Often I read while walking, and I’ve taken a bit of flak for it – pedestrian comments, honking, and once a lecture from a gentleman who was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk rather than use the bike lane two feet away.  I thought an audio book would be a nice compromise.

It turns out this works really well as long as there is no traffic.  As soon as a vehicle got within two car lengths, I could no longer hear until it had passed behind me about the same distance.  Unfortunately, even on a quiet street traffic was just busy enough to ensure that the book spent as long on Pause as it did on Play.  When I hit the main thoroughfare I gave up and put the headphones away.

No sooner had I done so than I saw a young girl texting while pedaling a bicycle.  I guess nobody wants to travel without some kind of entertainment!

PS I got honked at anyway.


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  1. I hate it when bikers ride on the sidewalks when there’s a bike lane on the road. Technically, I think it’s illegal!

    I can’t do audiobooks because my mind always ends up drifting. Using one while on a walk is an interesting idea though!

  2. That’s it! I’ll listen to audiobooks during my walk to work! Thank you!

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